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Poster: 219mid Date: Aug 2, 2010 11:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Merle Haggard and Grateful Dead - did Jer dig Bob Wills?

I recall Garcia saying that their version of Sitting on Top of the World was based on a version by Carl Perkins that I've never heard. The coolest Wills recordings are the Tiffany Transcriptions, which were made after WWII in the Bay Area (there's something in the air). Since they were made on large 16" transcription discs, the cuts could be longer than a 78. They also feature the guitar of Junior Barnard, one of the first electric guitarists with the overdriven amp sound that is familiar today. My friend went to California to do an article on the Bakersfield music scene and got to interview Roy Nichols. I will humbly say that I predicted before he left that Roy's main influences were Junior Barnard and Charley Christian, and that's what it turned out to be.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Aug 2, 2010 12:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Merle Haggard and Grateful Dead - did Jer dig Bob Wills?

The Tiffany Transcriptions are great . They have and almost live, goofin; feel .
Less brass, more guitar . Lots of fun tho be had there !